June 2022 - Updates from the Forever Parks Foundation
Hello Friends of the Forever Parks Foundation,

We hope all of our friends have enjoyed the past few months of spring. We have been very busy at FPF and have quite a few updates and upcoming events to share with you!

Pearland's first all inclusive playground!
We hit an amazing milestone this past month. On April 25, the Foundation in conjunction with the City of Pearland Parks and Recreation Department presented a resolution to purchase our playground equipment. What does this mean? It means that we were able to place an order for our customized equipment which we are hoping to arrive for installation by the end of summer! This is huge milestone towards getting the playground open to the public.

In addition, Council also unanimously voted to approve the naming of the playground to be the "Ed Thompson Inclusive Park." Representative Thompson has been instrumental in helping us receive a bulk of the funding and we couldn't be more excited to honor him in this way. We even tricked him into coming to the Council meeting so we could surprise him in person. You can read more about the night here.
Exciting news to share is that The CenterPoint Energy Foundation Board has voted to fund $125,000 of the overage costs related to inflation and supply chain demand. We are still funding to raise the gap but they have put us so close! While we have all the funds for the equipment and that is on order, we still need to continue to raise for surfacing and installation costs. Please if you are able to contribute to help us close the gap, donate today!
Mayor Cole's 1st Annual Charity Golf Event
If you would like to further support the playground efforts, please join us on Monday June 6th at the Golfcrest Country Club for Mayor Cole's 1st Annual Charity Golf Event benefiting the Forever Parks Foundation. There are limited sponsorship opportunities available, please see here.
Reaching our Disc Golf fundraising goal!
Thanks to your generous support, we're incredibly excited to share that we exceeded the $7,500 fundraising goal to upgrade and improve the Centennial Park disc golf course baskets for the players in our community. We will purchase the new hardware immediately and work with the City on installing the new equipment. We look forward to sharing the date for the course ribbon-cutting once installation is complete! 
We wanted to share our huge thanks to our donors who have confirmed hole sponsorships during the past several weeks to help us achieve this important milestone!
- Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau
- JoAnne Knodel on behalf of The Joe Miller Family
- Richard and Nikki Vogel
- Chris Vandagriff on behalf of Gorilla Disc Golf
- Alex Lacamu
- Pearland Disc Golf Degenerates club team (sponsoring two baskets!)
And more thanks to our donors who have become sponsors or made other donations!
Mike Wallace; Spencer Wikel; Matt Thirkettle; David Smith in the name of Noah Donavan Smith; Webb Brothers Holdings, LLC; George Glidewell; Walter and Maria Albrecht; Matthew Wallace; Jakob Roedel; Eddie Perez; Shirley Hart; Richard Vaughan
Mark your calendars! - Pints for Parks on July 16th
Our 2nd annual Pints for Parks event will be held on Saturday, July 16th from 2 -9 PM at Vallensons’ Brewing Company here in Pearland. This family friendly event will include live music by Patty O’Beers, Nature Trivia provided by the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, face painting, balloon making, a silent auction, and raffles. Foreign Policy food truck is also scheduled to provide their amazing food! 

Sponsorship opportunities, Pints for Parks t-shirts, and $20 wristbands can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/307225167747
We look forward to seeing you in July! 
Upcoming Programs from the City of Pearland Parks and Recreation Department

Abrakadoodle art camps include art lessons, music, games, crafts and special activities for children ages 3-12. Themed weeks include half day and full day courses available throughout the summer. Let’s have some fun and register today!

Camp Pelican is open for registration! If you have an 6-14 year-old who loves nature, animals, or the outdoors, be sure to sign them up for the inaugural season of summer camps with the Delores Fenwick Nature Center. 

Registration is now open for Athletics Summer Leagues and Programs! This season's playbook includes: Adult Cornhole League, Men's and Co-Ed Adult Softball Leagues now at Centennial Park, Men's Basketball League, Youth Cricket programs with USA Cricket, Tennis programs with JCX, and E-sports gaming with GG Leagues. Bring your A-Game and register today! 

Don't forget to join us every Friday in June at Independence Park for Concerts in the Park. Bring a blanket and come enjoy the evening with your family and friends!

Concerts in the Park
Fridays in May & June, 7pm - 9pm
June Concerts: Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Pkwy
June 3 - The Fab 5 (Beatles Tribute)
June 10 - Ruben Moreno (Zydeco) 
June 17 - Texas Unlimited Band (Country/Variety)
June 24 - Phineus Reb (Country) 
This month, friends of Forever Parks Foundation can create funding with HundredX Causes! HundredX Causes is a totally free way that we can come together to raise funds for Pearland Parks Projects. It’s high impact, fast, and secure. Follow the instructions below to sign up and start earning today. All participants completing 20 or more opinions will be entered into a drawing for door prizes and participants that complete all 75 opinions will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. Show your support for one of our local teams or contact us to form a new team. When you register, you will have the option to select one of the following teams or simply select General Supporter. Local teams include: Forest Park South, AYLUS, Pearland Cycling, Pearland Disc Golf, Knapp Senior Center, Pearland Rotary Club, Mayor Cole's Charity Golf and City of Pearland Parks & Recreation. Contact us at foreverparksfoundation@gmail.com for information about door prize and matching sponsorship opportunities as well. THANKS for you support! 
With all of the positive news we have to share, we would be remiss to not acknowledge the terrible tragedy that occurred in Uvalde, Texas last week. All of us Board members were devastated at the senseless deaths that occurred. Please make sure that you are taking time for yourself and if you can support financially, there are a number of verified accounts to donate to which can be found here.

Continue to stay safe and stay well and we hope to see you on the trails soon,
Kelly Moody, FPF Board President
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